Trauma Informed Practice
The prevention of ACEs extends far past the support that communities, individuals, and educators can give to families but these are building blocks to the bigger picture. If we can create a societal structure that values people in all of their intricacies and provides resources and education about prevention for abuse, substance abuse, neglect, and more then we can begin moving toward a healthier and happier society.
The Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration (SAMHSA) has outlined the four core concepts that make up a trauma informed approach to learning and care.
4 Concepts of Trauma Informed Approach to Leaning and Care
A program, organization, or system that is trauma-informed:
- Realizes the widespread impact of trauma and understands potential paths for recovery
- Recognizes the signs and symptoms of trauma in clients, families, staff, and others involved with the system
- Responds by fully integrating knowledge about trauma into policies, procedures, and practices
- Seeks to actively resist re-traumatization
6 Key Principles of Trauma Informed Practice
In addition to the four core concepts there are 6 key principles of trauma informed practice. Many of these concepts are already ingrained in effective caregivers and programs. These include:
- Trustworthiness and transparency
- Peer support
- Collaboration and mutuality
- Empowerment, voice and choice
- Cultural, historical, and gender issues